Remembrance Day 2018
We will once again be supporting the Royal British Legion’s Service of Remembrance on Sunday 11 November, to honour people who have given their lives in past and present conflicts.
This year is particularly poignant as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War 1.
Commemorations will begin at 6am with Battle’s O’er played on Bagpipes in the Town Centre by Stephen Cussen of the University of Bedfordshire Pipe Band. The day will then continue with the traditional memorial service in the morning and Poppies, Poetry and Projections in the evening.
Service of Remembrance
The Service of Remembrance will take place from 10.40am, with the parade from Park Street West up to the war memorial in George Street. All Luton’s ex-service personnel are warmly invited to join the parade as we remember the centenary.
The silence will start and end by the sounding of the ‘Last Post’ and ‘Reveille’ by Alan Norman from the Salvation Army.
This will be followed by an Exhortation and the recital of the Kohima Epitaph by Don Woodcroft, President of the RBL ( Leagrave Branch)
The Vice Lord-Lieutenant, will lay the first wreath followed by other dignitaries and representatives of local ex-service and uniformed organisations in memory of those who lost their lives.
The service will include prayers and readings from representatives of Luton's communities and the armed forces. This will be followed by a performance of Wherever You Are and Requiem for a Soldier by the Luton Youth Cantores.
At the end of the service, the Vice Lord-Lord Lieutenant of Bedfordshire, the Mayor and civic party will process around the war memorial to observe the march past. The parade will then march back to Park Street West.
Poppies, Poetry and Projections
Local residents, veterans and relatives of those who fought in the great war are then invited to return at 6pm, where over 100 children are expected to attend with poppies they made at workshops held during October half-term. Local spoken word artists will perform poems that explore the wartime tradition of writing poetry and letters to loved ones in the context of Luton today. The projections onto the Town Hall will recognise those who gave their lives during the Great War and reflect the powerful sentimentality of the poppy.
The evening will culminate with the lighting of a beacon, the ringing out of the bells and the cry for peace performed by local poet, Lee Nelson.
Spoken word performers
If you are a spoken word artists and are interested in developing a two to three minute spoken word piece exploring the themes of remembrance, peace, longing and loss, please come along to our workshop on Saturday 3 November, 10am to 4pm. To book a place, please contact Cultural Enabler Michaela Nutt. Email [email protected] or call 01582 54 6283.